I agree about VHS. Beta was better but the market was seduced by a lesser quality product that promised more run time and thus cheaper media. Sound familiar? Then people made it even worse by recording on the...whatever they called the mode VLP or SLP or some such, where it tripled the runtime but recorded a picture that, at best, looked almost, but not quite, totally unlike what it was supposed to be. When I recorded onto VHS I did so only on the fastest speed with the shortest runtime. It made a considerable difference, but still wasn't that good.
I still have my VCR hooked up and working. My wife and I watched a movie on it two nights ago. But that's because we both have a fair store of tapes, not because it's really worth a crap.
I do love my vinyl and film, however.